It’s looking increasingly likely that Andrei Arshavin will again return to Zenit Saint Petersburg once his contract at Arsenal ends next week.
Having helped his former club win the Russian title during a short loan spell last season the 32-year-old, despite being a shadow of the figure who left in 2009, looks set to be offered the chance to wind down his career at the Petrovsky Stadium.
According to Sport Express personal terms, including a reduced salary, have been agreed with both coach Luciano Spalletti and Alexei Miller, the chief executive of Zenit-owners Gazprom.
“We have to remember that Arshavin is a product of Zenit,” Miller told the newspaper (translation by Sky Sports).
“I think it right that a product of Zenit finishes his career at his native club. Arshavin is a great Russian footballer and a great Petersburg sportsman.”
Andrei has been linked with clubs in England, Turkey and even Azerbaijan in recent months although his emotional attachment to Zenit has always seemed the most likely draw.
Arseblog News has also learned that Marouane Chamakh is edging closer to an Emirates exit with a number of clubs in France thought to be keen on luring the Moroccan
international back to Ligue 1.
Former club Bordeaux have already made overtures, while several less ‘glamorous’ options have also contacted Arsene Wenger and the player’s representatives, Mondial Promotion. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal attempt to sever ties with Chamakh in the same way they came to an agreement with Denilson although the possible signing of Gonzalo Higuain should be a bit of a hint that his future certainly doesn’t lie in N5.
Well, that and the fact he was sent to work with Sam Allardyce for six months…